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Source:  The New York Times

Back-to-back viewings of “Spark,” a documentary by filmmaker Hu Jie, and “The Observer,” a portrait of Hu and his work, are likely to convince you of something Hu’s mother says in the second film.  “He won’t suck up to anybody,” she explains of her son.  “He just documents things as they really are.”

Icarus Films has released the movies as a pair.  A major documentary filmmaker who, as Ian Johnson wrote this week in The New York Times, is nevertheless not well known in his home country of China, Hu is a self-taught filmmaker with a particular interest in memorializing the horrors of the Mao era.

Because of government pressure in China, Johnson’s reporting indicates, it is difficult for Hu’s films to be shown there.

Read the story at The New York Times.


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